Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cherry Juice or Pickle Juice?

Most runners know that running long distances usually comes with some soreness, but very few runners understand what is going on in their muscles and joints that make them sore or know how to deal with the problem.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explained why long distance runners get pains and tightness in their legs and muscles.  The article also provided runners with two surprising, but effective remedies to help combat their pain: cherry juice and pickles.

Experts say that pain and tightness in the legs usually occur because there is some micro-tearing going on inside of the muscles, which can’t function well under such high levels of stress. When this happens, the insides of the muscles become inflamed, causing pain and soreness. This is where the cherry juice helps. Cherry juice is rich in antioxidants, which fight some of the muscle inflammation from the micro-tears that cause pain.  Several studies have shown that runners who drink the equivalent of 45-50 cherries (one serving of Cheribundi) before, during, and after a race, experience less pain and inflammation than those who do not.  Over 90 professional sports teams and hundred of professional athletes drink Cheribundi to reduce pain, train harder, and recover faster.

In addition to hurting from micro-tears, muscles begin to become soar and stop functioning like they should when they no longer have the proper amount of electrolytes, which conduct electrical impulses that enable muscle cells to contract. This is where the pickle juice comes in. Electrolytes are formed in sodium, and while sports drinks have electrolytes, pickle juice has about as much concentrated sodium as any liquid that athletes have been able to stomach during intense exercise.

Although pickle juice isn't widely available at most marathon water stations, drinking it is not a new strategy. The Philadelphia Eagles drank it during a 2000 game against the Dallas Cowboys when it was 109 degrees. The Eagles won.

Sources: WSJ Online 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Slim Down for Summer with America's Superfruit

If you’re looking to slim down and eat well this summer, try adding tart cherries to your diet. Research shows that adding tart cherries to your diet can prevent weight gain and even encourage weight loss.

In a study conducted by the University of Michigan, researchers found that tart cherries have significant weight management benefits, including reduced triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

Tart cherries are high in anthocyanins, a highly potent type of antioxidant that promotes healthy oxidation of fat (fat burning).  These antioxidants may help prevent fat storage in the liver, one of the most dangerous places to store fat because the liver produces triglycerides. When less fat is stored in the liver, the liver doesn’t produce as many triglycerides or release inflammatory substances, resulting in lowering the body’s triglyceride levels.  All of these changes help protect you from weight gain.

Tart cherries are also high in fiber, which will keep you feeling full longer. According to a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition, you can prevent weight gain and encourage weight loss by adding more fiber to your diet.  In this study, Researchers followed the eating habits of women for two years and found that those who increased their fiber intake generally lost weight. During the study, they discovered that increasing fiber intake by 8 grams for every 1,000 calories resulted in about 4 ½ pounds of weight loss.

There are many ways you can add 8 grams of fiber to your diet. My trick is drinking a Cheribundi smoothie every morning for breakfast. I mix a frozen cherry puree packet with a cup of frozen berries, a banana, and a splash of apple juice. Cheribundi smoothie packs have helped me boost my fiber intake before I even start my workday. Click here to learn more about the benefits of tart cherries. 

Sources: Sources: University of Michigan Health System, The Journal of Nutrition, National College of Natural, Health and Science’s Library UCD

Friday, March 21, 2014

Guest Blogger from USA Today - Could cherry juice be the new ibuprofen?

Could cherry juice be the new ibuprofen?

I admit, I reach for the acetaminophen and ibuprofen too often. Marathon training has taken a toll on my body and sometimes it’s easiest just reach for the extra strength pain relief caplets. That might be about to change. 
Tart cherry juice may be a safer way to treat muscle pain and inflammation than over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, according to researchers at Oregon Health & Science University.
The “Cherry People” over at Cheribundi, tart cherry juice company, sent me a box of a bunch of their juices. After lots of reading - I was - err.. my hips, legs, knees and ankles were - up for the cherry juice help.
I was even more inspired to put my faith in the cherries when I read the list of olympians, pro athletes and ultra marathoners who are faithful tart cherry juice drinkers. 
For the skeptics, some research just might back up the claims.
Malachy McHugh, the director of research at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan says tart cherry juice reduced muscle pain and weakness after intense strength training as well as after a marathon. 
A study in the journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism links tart cherries to a 35-75% reduction in gout attacks.
American College of Sports Medicine’s journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise claims that tart cherries could help athletes
reduce muscle damage to recover faster from a tough workout.
So, let’s take a look at the nutrition facts of one regular 8 oz. bottle of Cheribundi tart cherry juice.
It’s about 90% cherry juice and 10% apple juice - the folks at Cheribundi say that apple juice is intended to help sweeten the juice without diluting the cherries.
I’ve been drinking the juice for about two weeks and I’ve noticed a serious decrease in my muscle soreness. I am reaching for the pill bottle significantly less. Plus - the cherry juice is delicious. 
The folks over at Cheribundi also have some other tart cherry drinks including teas. But for me, the price is a little to high to pay for diluted cherries - I’ll stick with the straight cherry juice. 
Luckily for you guys, I have a giveaway! Enter here to win a mixed case of Cheribundi.

What’s your go-to for muscle soreness after an intense workout?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Professional Hockey Players Reveal Secret Weapon

Do athletes have secrets weapons that help improve their performance? What are they? For some, it’s drinking one 8 oz. bottle of Cheribundi each day. 90 professional sports teams and hundreds of athletes drink Cheribundi to refuel and reduce recovery time in between tough workouts. You’re probably wondering why they drink Cheribundi and how it works.

During sports performance and high-energy activities, certain enzymes in the body can create inflammation in the body’s muscles and joints, causing them to ache. Tart cherries are high in anthocyanins that have been shown to block these enzymes and aid in fast muscle and joint recovery.

A local Rochester News Station recently interviewed players on USA’s Men’s Hockey Team to find out what some of the players’ secret weapons were. Some of the professional hockey players on the team revealed that their secret weapon is Cheribundi, and that they drank it during the 2014 Olympics to shorten their recovery time in between games. Click HERE to read the full-story.

VP of Operations at Cheribundi, Ed Maguire explains, "The speed of the recovery with the athletes within two days using the cherry juice...they were picking up what would normally take them seven to ten days to recover that amount of strength."

While athletes drink tart cherry juice to speed up their recovery time, they also drink it to restore the body’s glycogen stores after rigorous workouts. Tart cherry juice contains carbohydrates and antioxidants that are critical to athletes’ recovery, and improve their ability to train consistently.

So how do we make sure athletes are getting all of the good-for-you ingredients in cherries in Cheribundi? Click here or read our next blog post to find outJ

In the meantime, try the Cheribundi challenge. Drink it for seven days and see if you don’t feel better. Click HERE to sign up!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Birth of Cheribundi's Refresh Blends: Federal Farm Bill Promises Bright Future

Good news for fruit farmers... on Friday, Obama flew to Michigan where he signed a Federal Farm Bill that will provide crop insurance for tart cherry growers and other fruit farmers for the first time.

This bill addresses the challenges and frustrations fruit farmers experience when faced with unexpected weather conditions that can destroy their crops. This takes us back to the challenges Cheribundi, among many other cherry growers, faced in 2012 during the worst recorded crop season in the history of the Midwest.

Freezing cold weather that followed an unusually warm spring destroyed most of the fruit crops, and 90 percent of tart cherries. Cherry growers say that record high temperatures in early March tricked the cherries into blooming early and then, the normal cold weather rolled in and destroyed the majority of crops.  

Faced with a supply crisis, Cheribundi was forced to think outside of the box in order to stay afloat.

While faced with huge challenges in 2012, it led our company to explore what turned out to be a great opportunity. The cherry people had to come up with a way to use fewer cherries while still providing a delicious and refreshing product.

An idea that started by squeezing lemons and turning them into cherry lemonade transformed into the launch of our entire Refresh product line; 5 delicious juice blends and 4 refreshing tea blends! Although 2012 was a sour season, Cheribundi ended up finding the silver lining.

There’s a bright future ahead for fruit farmers and cherry growers. The Federal Farm Bill will help and protect them when they are faced with hardships like the ones they were faced with in 2012.

And we can keep on innovating and continue making the tasty Cheribundi we all love.